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Welcome to Manteca,
California, nestled in the Central Valley, half way between Stockton and
Modesto.  When investigating moving
my office from the South Bay City of Cupertino, one of my long time clients in
Tracy said, "Come to the Central Valley, we don't have any attorneys here
that do the things that you do!" 


In 2008, as
a solo practitioner, I opened my practice here in Manteca, California.  My practice is devoted to a full range
of estate planning from larger estates with the need for tax planning to planning
for long term care, from addressing ElderLaw issues to planning for
multi–generations not to mention same-sex relationships.  I am also continuing my representation
and assistance to small business.


I believe
that there is an underserved population that has been hoodwinked by Trust Mills
as well as lack of information about health care decisions.  I see daily the result of mismanagement
of estates through the inappropriate use of powers of attorney.  I work with my clients to create
documents based on their needs and wishes rather than the 'one size fits all'


In the
event of illness, incapacity or death, I work with families, couples and
individuals providing assistance with such matters as conservatorships, trust administration
and probate. The cases I work often require special, individualized attention
or have out–of–the–ordinary issues, such as out–of–state and out–of–country
executor or trustee or caregiver. 
I work regularly with conservatorships, probates, and other cases utilizing
emerging law; such as Elder Abuse and health care advocacy.


business are always a challenge. 
Often the business owner know the product or service to be provided, but
is lost in dealing with corporate governance, planning for the future, working
within a budget and organizing the office matters.  We have done all of that, from starting a small business,
carefully growing it over the years and addressing the day to day problems.


Because of
my work with catastrophic illness such as Alzheimer's Disease, I work often
with the 'family' aspect of client issues in connection with providing
assistance to a designated caregiver child, protection to the spouse living at
home whose husband or wife is in a nursing home, individuals with Special
Needs, second marriages, and Medi–Cal long–term care benefits. I am also
involved in the right–to–die cases and other cases related to health care
issues which has led to my working with a health care professionals and
professional fiduciaries.  


In the
event of incapacity or death of a family member, my practice also includes
working with trust and estate administration.  I also assist clients or families where an individual may
have met with and employed a non–professional planner or trust mill resulting
in inadequate estate planning documents. 


I enjoy my
work in my community both as a speaker and as a team player with other
professionals such as tax preparers, insurance firms and professionals
fiduciarys.  I work with and speak
to groups such as The Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
support groups, and AARP, and local senior citizen's centers.  As part of my investment in the
community, I speak to professional, religious and community groups such as
professional investment organizations, local Rotary groups, The Lions Club,
Chambers of Commerce and other fraternal organization. 


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Tax: 50%

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Contact info

1150 W Center St Ste 104
Manteca, CA, 95337


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Office of JoAnn D. Gould2008 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Elder Law AttorneysMember1999 - Present